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comp

comp  n.— «His first assignment as he shadowed the team: cleaning up a three-week “comp” near Milwaukee, Wisc. That’s shorthand for “an apartment in which someone died and laid, unfound, for three weeks...

creaming

creaming  n.— «Whether local fishers are increasingly following a “catch and release ethic,” or are releasing smaller trout in hopes of finding a multi-pound holdover or triploid (a practice called “creaming”), or...

schmutzdecke

schmutzdecke  n.— «After the filter has been operated for some time a gelatinous layer (Schmutzdecke of Piefke) is formed of such imperviousness that each square meter of surface will no longer furnish as much as 3 cubic meters (800...

scamping

scamping  n.— «The regulation, aimed at protecting U.S. waters from the unintentional introduction of non-native species, requires ship owners to remove all “fouling organisms”— such as grass, moss and mussels—from the hull...

reverse graffiti

reverse graffiti  n.— «Paul Curtis aka Moose is no regular graffiti artist. In fact, he’s the reverse-graffiti artist. He created his street art by cleaning the dirt and grime off of surfaces! Authorities are baffled: is selective cleaning...

splooge

splooge  v.— «What I’d do is splooge a bit of high temp silicone gasket compound into and around the hole, after cleaning thoroughly.» —“Re: (w) ‘83 Rabbit – hole on top of my intake manifold” by Ralph C...